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Originally published May 6, 2005 at 12:00 AM | Page modified May 6, 2005 at 2:26 PM

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Dodgers catcher lives foot-to-mouth existence

What's next — "Will Catch For Food"? Dodgers catcher Jason Phillips wasn't holding up a cardboard sign, but he was certainly crying...

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What's next — "Will Catch For Food"?

Dodgers catcher Jason Phillips wasn't holding up a cardboard sign, but he was certainly crying poor when the subject of steroid suspensions was thrown his way. "Do I think the penalties (for using steroids) are a little harsh?" Phillips told the Los Angeles Times. "Yes. Not for, say, the guys who have already been in the big leagues a lot of years and are making millions. (But) put yourself in my position. I play paycheck to paycheck to support my family.

"What are you supposed to do (if suspended)? Go work at Burger King for 50 days because you're not getting paid because you ate five poppy-seed muffins?"

For the record, Phillips is living paycheck to paycheck on $339,000 this season.

Old Yeller II

The Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.) Red Wings will honor their manager of 1966 and 1967 with "Earl Weaver bobblehead night" on May 14.

"The doll features a bobbing head, cap turned backward, with a swinging right leg as well," noted Mike Berardino of the Orlando Sentinel. "Dirt to kick onto home plate not included."

The Bronx glue

We hear that George Steinbrenner is so fired up over Bellamy Road, his Kentucky Derby favorite, that he's thinking about integrating some horse-racing know-how into his baseball operation.

Yankees players are hereby urged not to break any leg bones.

Putting for dough

Crossings Community Church in Lake Mary, Fla., will be happier than usual to see golfer Jim Thorpe attending services this Sunday.

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That's because Thorpe, who earned a check for $247,500 by winning the FedEx Kinko's Classic on the Champions Tour, plans to hand it all over to seed the church's building fund for a new 15,000-square-foot facility.

"We all change in life," Thorpe told the Orlando Sentinel. "I've hit every horse track, every casino. I don't feel that I've done a lot of bad things, but maybe it's time to pay up."

Talking the talk

• Sacramento Kings coach Rick Adelman, to The Associated Press, nominating Sonic Reggie Evans for an NBA Oscar: "You talk about Vlade (Divac) being a flopper? This guy is taking it to a whole new level. He goes down when the air conditioning comes on."

• Nuggets coach George Karl, to the Denver Post, on why he hates using a zone defense: "I don't know who to yell at when it doesn't work."

• Brad Dickson of www.sportsfanmagazine.com, on plans for an open-air stadium in the Twin Cities to replace the Metrodome: "If the Twins make it to a World Series in late October, Ted Williams won't be the only frozen baseball player."

• Drew Gooden of the Cleveland Cavaliers, as quoted in the Orlando Sentinel, on his journey to an NBA career: "I've had to overcome a lot of diversity."

Cut him some slack

A Deshler, Ohio, man made local drunken-driving history last weekend when he drove a riding lawnmower into a ditch alongside State Route 18 at 2 in the morning, the Toledo Blade reported.

As for their client's odd choice of vehicles, defense lawyers are expected to argue he was just taking a short-cut home.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or dperry@seattletimes.com

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